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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2505..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

to the extent that their house has been open to national scrutiny in a way that everyone in this place would object to if their house was filmed in that way.

All of us protect our privacy and move to protect our children; that is a right of people in the territory and across Australia. This unfortunate family's situation has been made much worse by the salacious coverage in the media. Dr Foskey is right to ask for commitments about improved communication between the police and care and protection. I feel that the situation as it has transpired over the past week has shown a failure of communication, and I would like the minister to be able to point to those areas of the legislation here today that would help to ensure that that situation does not arise again.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 8, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 9 to 18, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 19.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (5.04): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 2 and 3 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I move amendments Nos 2 and 3 circulated in my name together [see schedule 2 at page 2539]. These government amendments clarify that daily care responsibility includes the authority to decide who the child or young person must not have contact with by amending the second example in clause 19. The amendments are intended to allow people with daily care responsibility to protect the child or young person from harm or inappropriate or abusive behaviour by another person. For example, if a family friend who had been convicted of a sex offence against children wanted to have contact with a child or young person, the person with daily care responsibility would have the authority to deny contact with that person. This authority, however, is subject to a court order or care plan relating to the child or young person's contact with others.

For example, if a care and protection order with a contact provision or care plan required that a parent or other family member have contact with a child or young person, the authority exercisable by the person with daily care responsibility to limit the child or young person's contact would be subject to the order or care plan in force. The amendments continue the effect of section 20 (1) (d) of the Children and Young People Act 1999.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause 19, as amended, agreed to.


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